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Can I play soccer with a torn mcl?

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Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

As previous physicians have stated it is unwise to play with a torn mcl.
The mcl , medial collateral, ligament, is a stabilizer for the inner side of your knee. It also helps to protect the acl (anterior cruciate ligament) which if torn does require surgical repair. Healing of a completely torn mcl ligament may take from 6-12 weeks. Lesser injuries to the ligament may result in less play time loss.

In brief: No

As previous physicians have stated it is unwise to play with a torn mcl.
The mcl , medial collateral, ligament, is a stabilizer for the inner side of your knee. It also helps to protect the acl (anterior cruciate ligament) which if torn does require surgical repair. Healing of a completely torn mcl ligament may take from 6-12 weeks. Lesser injuries to the ligament may result in less play time loss.
Dr. Kim Fagan
Dr. Kim Fagan
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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: You shouldn't.

You should allow the ligament to heal completely before returning to sports.
Soccer is a high demand activity on the knee, and you should be able to run, jump and cut without pain before playing.

In brief: You shouldn't.

You should allow the ligament to heal completely before returning to sports.
Soccer is a high demand activity on the knee, and you should be able to run, jump and cut without pain before playing.
Dr. Greg Hicken
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

You shouldn't play until you are healed.
A painful knee is an unreliable one; it can give way causing additional injury to your knee or something else. You can worsen the tear and convert a sprain or partial tear into a complete tear. You risk compromising the quality of the final result by premature return to play. A nonoperative injury can become one that requires surgery.

In brief: No

You shouldn't play until you are healed.
A painful knee is an unreliable one; it can give way causing additional injury to your knee or something else. You can worsen the tear and convert a sprain or partial tear into a complete tear. You risk compromising the quality of the final result by premature return to play. A nonoperative injury can become one that requires surgery.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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